from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Surgical severance of spinal nerve roots to relieve pain or hypertension.

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  • n. The surgical procedure of cutting the anterior or posterior spinal nerve roots in order to relieve pain, or reduce muscle spasms.

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  • n. surgical procedure in which spinal nerve roots are cut; done (anterior roots) to relieve intractable pain or (posterior roots) to stop severe muscle spasms


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  • A rhizotomy and baclofen pump program for children with cerebral palsy or other conditions associated with spasticity is available for evaluation, surgery and rehabilitation.


  • When necessary, surgical interventions, such as selective dorsal rhizotomy performed by neurosurgeons and Botulinum toxin injection/motor point block by the physiatrists, can be used to treat problems that result from cerebral palsy.

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  • Sacral rhizotomy: a salvage procedure in a patient with autonomic dysreflexia

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  • A SELECTIVE dorsal rhizotomy is a four-hour operation in which a nerve in the base of Leo's spine will be severed.

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  • Leo's mother Joanne Holland, of Cook Avenue, Hempstead, Peterborough, has now received confirmation that a slot for the operation, called a selective dorsal rhizotomy, has become available on November 16 at the St Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri, USA.

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  • But after a long road to recovery, which included procedures such as a rhizotomy to burn the nerves to get rid of some of the pain, he is back on the field.


  • Roland underwent her first procedure for TN, called balloon compression rhizotomy, in

  • She contacted the hospital and three weeks later the operation, known as a selective dorsal rhizotomy, was booked.


  • She had a sacroiliac nerve rhizotomy, said Dr. Jack Kabazie, medical and program director for the institute.

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  • He underwent a surgical procedure Nov. 19, called facet rhizotomy, in which an electrode is inserted next to the inflamed nerve and the tip is heated to deaden the nerve signal in that spot of the spine.



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